Growing up in a country where magic was common as dust, Zynda never had to worry about her enchantments upsetting the balance of nature. But the land beyond the borders of the thirteenth kingdom calls to her. It may be foreign and ugly, but the strangeness is laced with an excitement she has never known. Outside her homeland, Zynda's shapeshifting and sorcery are a potent advantage to nations grasping for dominance--and the thrill of power lures her even as she recognizes the threat she poses to these magic-buffeted realms.
A ruthless enemy stalks them, promising destruction if she does not fight with all her strength--but if she upsets the equilibrium of the land, all will pay, the common people most of all. And a man of this outside world fascinates her, a mossback with no scrap of magic in him. He knows nothing of the fears and temptations pulling at her. But in his steady embrace she learns she must choose well--for the consequences may reach farther than she ever imagined...
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I love this series! Each book is as good as the previous one yet with wholly unique characters and tensions and plot. The basic premise of this one (third in The Uncharted Realms series, which is a spinoff of the Twelve Kingdoms series) is a bodyguard romance at its heart, with Marksal, Queen's Ursula's lieutenant tasked with keeping shapeshifter Zynda under his protection. Zynda believes she is destined to take her final form as a dragon to save her people, which means there is no room for a relationship when she will no longer be able to shift back to human form. Marskal doesn't care - he's fallen for the courageous, stubborn, beautiful shapeshifter and will do whatever it takes to keep her in his life. Eventually Zynda can't resist having a relationship with Marskal even as she tries to convince herself, and him, that it can't last. Zynda undergoes many challenges in this story and I wasn't sure how it could possibly have a happy ending, but it does and it's supremely satisfying. The worldbuilding is excellent and completely engrossing, making the story hard to put down.If you love fantasy romances, you should definitely have this story and all the preceding ones on your to-read list!
Only mad that it ended!LoL